The Ball State Cardinals visit McGuirk Arena in Mount Pleasant, Michigan on Tuesday for a Mid-American Conference battle with the Central Michigan Chippewas. Ball State improved to 16-7 overall and 7-3 in MAC play following its 91-90 victory over Eastern Michigan on Saturday in double overtime. Payton Sparks was the leading scorer for Ball State with 22 points. Ball State is fourth in the MAC but just two games behind first place.
Jarron Coleman is leading Ball State in scoring with an average of 15.3 points per game, while Payton Sparks is the leading rebounder with an average of 8.2 rebounds per game and Demarius Jacobs is the leader in assists with an average of 3.5 assists per game. Ball State is scoring an average of 76.0 points per game, while shooting 47.2% overall and 37.8% from 3-point territory.
Central Michigan looks to snap a two-game losing streak with a victory on Tuesday when hosting Ball State. The Chippewas are 8-15 overall and 3-7 in MAC play following an 84-59 loss to the Toledo Rockets on Saturday. The leading scorer for Central Michigan was Brian Taylor with 20 points. The Chippewas committed 21 turnovers to only eight by Toledo.
Brian Taylor is leading Central Michigan in scoring and rebounding with averages of 14.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, while Reggie Bass is the leader in assists with an average of 3.1 assists per game. Jesse Zarzuela is the second leading scorer with an average of 16.3 points per game. Central Michigan is scoring an average of 67.0 points per game, while shooting 41.9% overall and 29.5% from 3-point territory.